Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the second oldest European capital after Athens in Greece. As a harbour city built on a series of hills, Lisbon offers picturesque vistas and beautiful beach views from every angle of the city. Lisbon Portela Airport is the main international gateway to Portugal, and also one of the largest and best-equipped airports in Western Europe for maintenance, navigation, and air traffic control. The airport is the main hub for Portugal’s national carrier TAP Portugal and also a focus city for budget carriers such as easyJet and Ryanair. There are currently no direct flights from Hong Kong to Lisbon, however travellers can easily reach Lisbon via a connecting flight on Cathay Pacific and a selection of European carriers.
The airport has 2 terminals and many traveller friendly features, such as rest zones called “Living Spot” where you can rest and charge your mobile phones. There is also free unlimited wireless Internet available throughout the airport, just connect to the “VINCI Airports wifi” network. Other features include a variety of shops, food and beverage outlets, pharmacy, luggage storage, showers, and a family area equipped with a microwave, bottle heater, and play areas to entertain children while you are waiting for your flight.
The airport is one of the few airports in Europe located inside a major city, and the journey to the city centre of Saldanha takes only 16-21 minutes via the metro (underground train). The airport metro station is open from 6.30 am to 1.00 am daily and a single trip ticket costs €1.40. There are also airport shuttle services such as Aerobus by Yellow Bus Tours Company and group airport shuttles by 100 Rumos. Aerobus provides regular service between the airport, major hotels, bus terminals, rail terminals, and other main points in the city. There are 2 lines available, one to the city centre and the other to the financial centre. The service runs from 7.00 am to 11.00 pm daily and tickets can be purchased on board (€3.50 for an adult single ticket). 100 Rumos operates a shared ride door-to-door service which is an economical and comfortable option with fares starting at €6.00. You can reserve seats and also purchase tickets on both operators’ websites. Lastly there are also 5 public bus lines that serve the airport – a Carris/Metro single ticket will cost you €1.40. However, do note that there is a baggage size limit on the buses (50x40x20cm). If your baggage is over the size limit, you will need to use the Aerobus or 199 Rumos shuttle.
Lisbon’s enchanting architecture, unique culture, and warm and mild climate make it a paradise for tourists. Like many European cities, Lisbon is becoming more cyclist-friendly, and one of the best ways to take in the city sights is to rent a bicycle and explore some of the more famous and safer bike trails such as the one from Baixa along the waterfront to the historic neighbourhood of Descobertas-Belem-Jerónimos, or towards Belem along the Poetry Bike Lane. Learn about Portugal’s rich history by visiting landmarks such as the Jerónimos Monastery, the charming Alfama Quarter, or Carmo Convent & Museu Arqueológico, and many more. Its surroundings also offer a variety of fun weekend trips to fairy-tale palaces (Palácio da Pena or Palácio Nacional de Sintra in Sintra just outside Lisbon), to hiking trails at the Sintra Cascais Natural Park, or dolphin watching in Setúbal.
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